That’s what real estate agents refer to as curb appeal. We recently started a new blog series on just this topic, called Curb Appeal 101. In our last post, we went deep into the topic of the front lawn. Today, we inch a little closer to the domicile itself, with just a few tips on how to make your front door and stoop look their absolute best.
We can’t stress this enough: Attending to curb appeal is one of the most important parts in the process of selling a house, so take these tips to heart!
Enhance Your Front Door and Stoop
Here are our top tips for selling your house by way of beautiful front entryway:
- First and foremost, just keep the area clean. If you have siding, spend some time scrubbing it clean. If your place really needs some TLC, you might consider renting a pressure washer. And, before any showings, spend some time sweeping the front porch/stoop/steps.
- Keep the door itself clean; usually, a diluted mixture of soapy water will do the trick.
- If your door is in bad shape, have it repaired or replaced. In particular, beware of a door that sticks when you open or close it, a drafty frame, or a door with a lot of unsightly scrapes and blemishes. Replacing your front door is an investment that can really pay off in terms of improved curb appeal.
- Something else you might do is give your front door a fresh coat of pain. Again, the best way to sell a house is to create a positive first impression, and a really bright, vibrant front door can really make your entire home pop.
- Additionally, make your buyers feel welcome with a nice, friendly mat. (Note: A “Beware of Dog” mat doesn’t qualify! You’re going for warm fuzzies here!)
- Upgrade any elements that are showing wear and tear—including the doorknob, knocker, doorbell plate, and even your house numbers.
- Decorate your front stoop with some nice, fresh flowers—another touch that can help buyers feel truly welcome.
Straightening up your front entryway is a critical step in the process of selling a house—but we’ve still got a few more curb appeal lessons to share.
Next time: We head to the back yard. Stay tuned for more tips for selling your house!